Oak Stump Planter - for Free-zies!




Introduction: Oak Stump Planter - for Free-zies!

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Down here in New Orleans we have B-E-A-U-TIFUL trees, especially Live Oak Trees! However, we also have the most wonderful and invassive species of insects... the Termite!!

These woodsy-carnivours can burrow through your house, you wood projects... and yes... your most prized Live Oak. While they do serve a very important part in nature.... They, how do I put this lightly, SUCK! when they swarm....

...Moving On... My neighbor had a beautiful Oak he HAD to cut down due to termite damage, most of the wood was usuable for FIRE!! but I saw a special piece that was just going to be left to rot in the yard....

And I Said...

"Self...yes?.. don't we have a garden that needs some demension? Why yes we do...Lets take this Superb specimen and do some good...Ok, let make a planter!..Great Idea!.... you are always coming up with superb ideas...aww... thank you self...no no no... thank you.."

I'll spare you the rest....


Step 1: Preparing Your O-So-Nice Oak Planter

So, you have rolled, manuevered, struggled this heavy beast into place...NOW WHAT?

Clean out your hole:

- The termites ravaged the interior, while the debris makes for great fertilizer, we need to clear out what wood chomping carnivores may still be around, if not, they may find your way into your garden or worse your house!


- Hatchet

- Knife (Iused a Linoleum Knife, the hook helps)

- Long Chisel or Long Sharp Object (a Crowbar will work as well)


- Assess the damage and plan your attack

- Lay the stump on its side and begin to chip away the debris , allowing it to fall in a neat little pile

- Use your knife, hatchet, chisel etc, to chip and pull away all debris on this side.... NOW FLIP!

- Once flipped, either on its side vertically or laying back flat, continueto chip away all the eaten tree debris.... you WILL find termites.... so just make sure you find the bulk of them and rid the stump of its enemy!

Time for placement and permanant HOME!

Step 2: Roll-Roll-Roll You Stump, Struggle As You Will....!

I do ALL of the gardening on my own... so I had to struggle and grunt my stump to its final glorious place!

Enough Pity Party...


- Dig a shallow (Rouhly 6 to 8 Inches Deep) hole slightly larger than the diameter and shape of the Stump

- Level the Ground, this does not HAVE to be perfect

- Flip the stump into the hole and Grnut and wiggle it in place until you are satisfied (hehe) , with its placement

The heavy lefting is finished at this point, Now shavel, rake, will, wish, hope, the surrounding dirt against the stump.



THIS STEP IS TOTALLY OPTIONAL... or you can go fully NON-Pesticide

I decided I wanted to kill all the nasty Termites. I usually spray for mosquitos (another problem down here) and this stuff works GREAT for termites AND Mosquitos...Bifen XTS. This is very potent stuff... make sure you know what you are getting into.


- Using a Yard/Garden sprayer with the recommended mixture ratios according to the company, spray the base AND the entire interior of the stump. Make sure to get all the nooks and crannies you decided NOT to cut out.

- You could also use a NATURAL or HOMEMADE termiticide, or you could forgo this entire part.

***FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO ARE WONDERING or are going to make remarks about pesticide getting into the plants, herbs, etc....... can it happen? Yes. Will it affect me or my loved ones? Not anymore than all the other chemicals we ALL already ingest. - I do not say these things niavely or without cuation... I have done my research, I am comfortable with this choice... If its not for you, USE ANOTHER METHOD (that I have hyperlinked above). Cheers.

Step 4: Fill'er UP!

Time to Stuff this baby full of Nutritious Dirt.

I like to use a combination of 3 parts Manure to 2 parts Top Soil and 2 Parts Composte. I have had alot of luck with HapiGro products and they are very inexpensive...

What ever you decide to go with.... having a helper (in my case... my dobie) makes things all that much better.

1) I filled the bottom with a few layers of Newspaper to deter weeds.

2) Mixed the 3 to 2 to 2 parts as mentioned above.

3) I had some wood chips, less the wood-chewers, so i chucked them in the hole... it cant hurt!

4) Remember that dirt cocktail?....pour it in!

And thank your helper for all their hard work.

Step 5: Added Planting Balcony?!

When i was digging out the termite torn debris... This little 'balcony' came to light .... i figured i should do something fun...

Items needed:

1) Chicken wire

2) Dirt Mixture

3) Clay from the yard... if you have any...


1) Shape and bend the chicken wire into place

2) Use some clay to 'paste' the chicken wire into plac

3) fill the bottom with alittle clay to keep the dirt from sifting through.

3) Add the dirt

4) Plant a plant.... I choose Thyme so the cascade from its balcony would really take hold.

Step 6: Stick'em in the DIRT!

I chose to make this an herb planter..

Plants in this for now are:

- Mother of Thyme

- Creepy Rosemary

- Greek Oregano

- Sage


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    6 years ago

    Hi Thank you for the information-indeed very helpful,but----I hane 1/2 of a truck of a tree-don't know where the other 1/2 is and I would like to seal it and make a a planter--The piece is approz. 4 ft long and 1-2 feet wide at different spots--Can I use polyurethane? I think it was a Eucalyptus Tree as they are prevelant where I live and the tree has peeling bark.


    7 years ago

    I wondered if anyone would ever post this. I started doing this back in 1999 & it didn't catch on cause no one wanted to spend the time. Glad you posted it for others to know how!!


    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    I know right!? After storms alot of trees are cut down .... and of course, alot have very similar termite damage and i always wondered why people arent using the wood for anything...not even firewood.

    I wanted something that would blend into the garden... and well, free helps too.

    I had tarted this project about 9 months ago and will have to upload recent pictures. Everything is flourishing!

    Thanks and have a great one!


    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    You're welcome! When I did mine, I wasn't thinking much about how long they'd be around. I just got the crumbling insides out & put dirt in it. Planted morning glories & they were beautiful. Unfortunately when I moved, they had to stay, along with a lot of my plants. Sad days. But I'm glad you posted this. I hope others enjoy it too.


    7 years ago

    This looks really cool


    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    Thank you! I am going to upload some more photos later when i can fill in the missing text.


    7 years ago on Introduction

    I apologize, the last few steps did not save for some reason.... i will update these this afternoon.